APOY 2013 Round Ten - Under the Weather

APOY 2013 Round Ten – Under the Weather

Please visit the APOY 2013 home page to find all the rules for entry, terms and conditions, the APOY ENTRY EMAIL ADDRESS, and the disclaimers that must be copied and pasted into an email entry.

Entries must be received by 5pm on 29 November 2013

Round 10 of this year’s Amateur Photographer of the Year

competition is Under the Weather (autumn and winter weather). It can be all too

easy to let the cold weather get you down. As summer slips into autumn, the

temperature drops and people huddle in front of the fire. However, any

photographer worth his or her salt will see the weather as a challenge, throw on

a scarf and face the elements, camera in hand. Some of the most striking

location shots can be found in the autumn and winter, so we want to see what

you can find on your travels. Just remember to wrap up warm.

We have thousands of pounds’ worth of fantastic Panasonic

camera equipment up for grabs, as well as the chance to be crowned Amateur

Photographer of the Year 2013. The closing date for round 10 is 29 November

2013. First prize is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6 plus Lumix G Vario 14-42mm

f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS and Panasonic Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 Mega OIS

lenses, worth a total of £1,179.98. Second prize is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS lens, worth £499.99. Third

prize is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1 worth £379.99. That’s a prize package worth

more than £2,000! The top 30 photographs will be published in our 21-28

December issue, while the scores from the top 50 images will be posted on our

website.

How to enter

Please visit the APOY 2013 home page for information explaining how to enter. Please use your full name as the file name and paste

the disclaimer into the body of your email if you are sending your entry to us

electronically. We also need to know where and how you took your image, plus

the camera and lens used with aperture and focal-length details. Remember to

include a telephone number and your postal address so we can contact you if you

win.

Photo by Aindreas Lynch

It’s a very British thing to complain about the weather.

When it’s hot, it’s too hot. When it’s cold, it’s freezing. However, there is a

small section of society that craves the extremes: the photographer. As a

photographer, you must be adaptable and willing to keep your eyes open to any

possibility. Extraordinary scenes don’t all have to be shot in bright natural

light. As we mentioned on the previous page, autumn and winter can offer the

photographer some genuinely beautiful and atmospheric scenes. Rain, snow, mist

and even the dreaded hail can give your photography a dramatic edge. But don’t

just think in terms of landscapes – your images can be taken anywhere, as

you’ll see by our tips and suggestions.

The urban environment can offer as much to these

types of images as any lush vista or mountain range. You should know by now,

and as evidenced from previous APOY rounds, that there are fascinating scenes

and subjects at every turn. You can shoot anywhere you want and focus on any

subject you wish, just so long as the autumn or winter weather plays a part.

And let’s face it, the weather is likely to be pretty dire over the next few

months so you may as well get used to it, put your eye to the viewfinder and

snap away.


First Prize

The first-prize winner will receive a Panasonic Lumix DMC-G6

with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS and Lumix G Vario 100-300mm

f/4-5.6 Mega OIS lenses worth a total of £1,179.98. The G6 is a digital

single-lens mirrorless camera with a 16.05-million-pixel, micro four thirds,

Live MOS sensor. It has 7fps high-speed continuous shooting, a 3in,

1.036-million-dot TFT LCD with Touch monitor, and a 1.44-million-dot OLED EVF.

Other features include full HD (1920×1080-pixel) video at 50p (50Hz) in AVCHD

Progressive and MP4 format, plus Wi-Fi connectivity with NFC technology. The

Lumix G Vario 100-300mm f/4-5.6 Mega OIS lens incorporates Panasonic’s Mega OIS

(Optical Image Stabilizer), which aids shooting in low-light conditions without

a tripod by suppressing the blur caused by camera shake. The lens uses

multi-coated elements that reduce ghosting and flare, helping to deliver a high

optical performance.

Second Prize
The second-prize winner will receive a Panasonic Lumix

DMC-GF6 with Lumix G Vario 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 Asph Mega OIS lens worth £499.99.

The 16-million-pixel GF6 has a Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine featuring an

advanced noise-reduction system. It also boasts quick start-up and Light Speed

AF, making it possible to capture fast-moving subjects clearly. Other features

include creative panorama and creative control with 19 filter effects, Wi-Fi

connectivity with NFC technology and full HD (1920×1080-pixel) video with

stereo sound.



Third Prize
The third-prize winner will receive a Panasonic Lumix

DMC-LF1 worth £379.99. The pocket-sized LF1 compact has a 1/1.7in,

12.1-million-pixel High Sensitivity MOS sensor and 28mm wideangle Leica DC

Vario-Summicron lens with 7.1x optical zoom (35mm equivalent of 28-200mm).

It

also boasts a 0.2in EVF with 200,000-dot resolution and 100% field of view, Wi-Fi

connectivity with NFC technology and a 3in, 920,000-dot TFT LCD. Other features

include an ISO range of 80-12,800, full HD video and 10fps burst mode.

Here are some

tips and suggestions to help you get started

Why not try…

Photo by Paul Broadbent

Weather Conditions
As already stated, it isn’t just spring and summer

conditions that can make great images. Autumn and winter have their own unique

charms. For example, the rusty brown of autumn leaves can offer you a beautiful

foreground that leads into the mist-enshrouded skeletal woodland that lays

beyond. Or you could take the approach of Paul Broadbent (above). His shot says

so much about winter. Playing in the snow when you’re a child is one of the

most exciting things in the world and here we see our subject with one of the

greatest inventions known to man – the sledge. It’s a nicely composed image

that makes great use of the mist in the background to ensure that the main

subject stands out in the foreground. The fact that the subject is such an

engaging one makes the image all the more special.


Photo by Martin Greskovic


Something Different

The image we see here from Martin Greskovic is most

definitely an usual one. It’s a subtle look at the themes we are exploring in

this round and functions on a very abstract level. However, we can clearly see

where he is coming from. We can assume that the surface we are seeing is either

a window in his home or a pane of glass in his greenhouse. The rain clinging to

the glass throws the branches beyond out of focus. The sepia tone caps it off

by giving it an unusual timeless quality.


Photo by Dan Deakin

In the City

The city is an environment that is as fascinating, inspiring

and visually engaging as any natural landscape. That’s why we often find

ourselves drawn to having a city-based round in each APOY year. Here we see

that APOY regular Dan Deakin understands that rain and bad weather can find an

aesthetic application with the urban environment. His stark tonal range helps

to emphasise the torrential downpour. The fact that one of the children is on a

bike and the other on a scooter adds to the sense of urgency that they really

want to get out of the rain and into the dry. It’s a subtle effect, and

possibly accidental, but even the slightly off-kilter camera angle works. It’s

an image to learn from then.

Please visit the APOY 2013 home page to find all the rules for entry, terms and conditions, the APOY ENTRY EMAIL ADDRESS, and the disclaimers that must be copied and pasted into an email entry.

Entries must be received by 5pm on 29 November 2013